I saw this posted on my friend’s Facebook profile today. I was curious, because the title of the video said:

The Girl Who Silenced the World For 5 Minutes

I watched it.

I cried.

I don’t know. It was more like, I felt extremely emotional.

There were things she said that felt like a slap to my face. Made me think. Made me ashamed.

In 1992, the world was already experiencing problems.

The ozone layer was disappearing, the animals were going extinct, innocent children were dying all over the world. There were still wars, people were greedy, people were unwilling to share.

In 2010, nothing much has changed, has it?

It seems that people are still blind and near-sighted. We do not think ahead. We only care about the here and now.

What are the consequences on the future generations if we continue doing what we are doing now?

It may be difficult for some, but I can imagine a world where animals will be a rare sight (it already is), sky is no longer clear, no more grass or trees or lakes or rivers.

What do we have?

Buildings and skyscrapers, factories, smoke and haze, unbearable hot temperatures.

Death. Poverty. Hate.

How can we want a world like that, if not for us, for our children? For our children’s children?

We must do something. We must.

Or at least, STOP doing what we are doing now.

“You DON’T know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You DON’T know how to bring the salmon back up in a dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back an animal, now extinct. And you CAN’T bring back the forest that once grew where there is now a desert.”

~Severn Suzuki, 12 years, representative of ECO (Environmental Children’s Organization)